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  • Conservative Media Claim Withheld Clinton Emails Contain Non-Existent Benghazi "Stand Down Order"

    ››› ››› MATT GERTZ

    Right-wing media are seizing on news that the State Department will not release some of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's emails after the Intelligence Community said they contained Top Secret information to baselessly claim that the emails in question include a non-existent "stand down order" issued by Clinton during the 2012 attacks on diplomatic facilities in Benghazi, Libya.

  • GOP Civil War: Conservatives Turn On National Review Over Anti-Trump Issue

    ››› ››› ALEX KAPLAN

    Right-wing media figures are criticizing the conservative magazine National Review after it released a comprehensive feature of conservatives blasting current GOP presidential front-runner Donald Trump. The critics are claiming the magazine's criticism is "intellectual snobbery," that the magazine is "irrelevant," that it has "lost touch with the electorate," and that it is committing "suicide."

  • "Hollywood Asshole": The Celebrities Conservative Media Went After In 2015


    Right-wing media spent much of 2015 lashing out at celebrities. From seething over celebrities who spoke out against sexism and pay inequality in Hollywood and supported the Black Lives Matter movement, to objectifying female bodies, bashing the Pope, and telling an actress to "deport herself," Media Matters looks back at some of conservative media's most outrageous temper tantrums of 2015:

  • Media Condemn Donald Trump's "Dangerous," "Fascistic" Ban On Muslims Entering The US


    Media figures across the ideological spectrum are condemning Republican presidential frontrunner Donald Trump's proposal to ban Muslims from entering the United States, calling it "dangerous," a violation of the First Amendment, and "fascistic." Trump's proposal builds on previous calls from Republican presidential candidates Ted Cruz and Jeb Bush to exclude Muslim Syrian refugees from entering the United States.

  • As Donald Trump Calls To Ban Muslim Entry To US, Right-Wing Media Pretend Anti-Muslim Backlash Doesn't Exist

    ››› ››› TYLER CHERRY

    Right-wing media criticized President Obama for condemning Islamophobia and roundly denied the existence of anti-Muslim discrimination in the United States as "pure myth" and "something that doesn't really exist." These claims gained traction just as GOP presidential frontrunner Donald Trump released a proposal to ban Muslim entry into the United States.

  • Trump Says A Misleading Breitbart News Article Vindicates His Claim That Thousands Of Muslim Americans Celebrated After 9/11

    Report Shows Only Eight Men Were Found Celebrating, Not Thousands

    Blog ››› ››› KATE SARNA


    Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump cited a Breitbart News article which stated that a WCBS-TV report from 2001, "100% Vindicated" his claim that thousands of American Muslims celebrated after 9/11. But the WCBS-TV report only references eight men detained after beeing seen cheering on a roof in Jersey City.

    Breitbart's John Nolte wrote an article on December 2, arguing that a WCBS-TV report from 2001 completely vindicates Trump's claim that he saw thousands of Muslims in America celebrating the 9/11 attacks.

    Not only have eyewitnesses and contemporaneous reports proven Donald Trump 100% correct about Muslims celebrating 9/11, a just-uncovered  local CBS News (WCBS-TV in New York) report completely vindicates Trump's claim of "thousands and thousands" of Muslims celebrating the fall of the World Trade Center.

    On the December 3 edition of Fox News' The O'Reilly Factor, host Bill O'Reilly challenged Trump's claim explaining that there were a few reports of celebrations in New York and New Jersey, but "you were wrong by saying thousands, but it did happen." Trump responded by claiming Nolte's article vindicated him and holding up a printout of the Breitbart News article:  

    But the WCBS-TV report referenced in Breitbart News' article only reported that "police were called to the building by other neighbors and found eight men celebrating."

    There's another apartment building, one that an investigator told me that was swarming with suspects, suspects who I am told were cheering on the roof when they saw the planes slam into the [World] Trade Center. Police were called to the building by other neighbors and found eight men celebrating - six of them tenants in the building.

    This type of hyperbole is common in right-wing media. On December 1, MSNBC political correspondent Steve Kornacki debunked a claim made by former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani who claimed he remembered a report of a Muslim candy store owner in New York City celebrating the 9/11 attacks. Kornakci investigated the claim finding no reports of a Muslim candy store owner arrested for celebrating the attacks, he did however find a report that showed a Muslim candy store owner was assaulted  by men after being asked his religion, concluding the that the incident seemed more like a hate crime than a celebration.

  • Breitbart News Slammed For Race-Baiting Article On Shooting Of Two VA Journalists

    Blog ››› ››› TIMOTHY JOHNSON

    Breitbart News reacted to reports that two Virginia journalists were shot to death on-air by a disgruntled former co-worker by publishing an article with the headline, "RACE MURDER IN VIRGINIA: BLACK REPORTER SUSPECTED OF EXECUTING WHITE COLLEAGUES - ON LIVE TELEVISION!"

    On August 26, two employees of Roanoke, Virginia CBS affiliate WDBJ were shot to death while reporting from Smith Mountain Lake, a public recreation area popular for boating and fishing. The gunman, who later shot himself but apparently survived, is reportedly a former employee of the affiliate.

    Breitbart News reacted to the shooting with a race-baiting article authored by editor-at-large John Nolte. The piece was widely condemned by other members of the media, many of whom pointed out Breitbart News' lengthy history of racially charged reporting and commentary. The headline has since been changed.

  • NRA News Guest: "Cowardly" Amy Schumer Only Spoke Out Against Gun Violence To Advance Her Career And Win An Oscar's John Nolte Says If Schumer "Actually Cared About" Lafayette Theater Shooting She Would Tell "Gun-Free Zone" Jokes

    Blog ››› ››› TIMOTHY JOHNSON's John Nolte attacked actress and comedian Amy Schumer's recent call for gun safety measures, claiming that the Trainwreck star doesn't actually care about a mass shooting that occurred during a screening of her film, but rather that she hoped to cynically use the shooting as "a great opportunity" to advance her career.

    Two women were killed and nine other people were injured after a gunman opened fire during a screening of Trainwreck at a movie theater in Lafayette, Louisiana on July 23. The gunman, who had a history of domestic violence and bizarre behavior, committed suicide.

    Following up on her pledge to engage on the issue of gun violence following the shooting, Schumer appeared alongside her cousin, Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY), at a press conference to promote new legislation to ensure that disqualifying records are submitted by states into the National Instant Criminal Background Check System. The bill includes other measures to address substance abuse and mental health issues.

    During the Aug. 3 press conference, Amy Schumer said, "We're here today to say is enough is enough. To mass shootings in our schools, our college campuses, our military bases, and even in our movie theaters. These shootings have got to stop." She continued, "For me, the pain I share with so many other Americans on the issue of gun violence was made extremely personal to me on Thursday, July 23 when ... he sat down for my movie, Trainwreck, at the Grand Theater in Lafayette, Louisiana. Two lives were tragically lost and others injured and I've thought about these victims each day since the tragedy."

    A visibly emotional Schumer concluded her remarks by saying, "These are my first public comments on the issue of gun violence, but I can promise you they will not be my last."

    On the Aug. 3 broadcast of the National Rifle Association's radio show Cam & Company, Breitbart News editor-at-large John Nolte attacked Schumer's motives, claiming that she did not care about the shooting but rather wished to use the tragedy to advance her career.

    According to Nolte, Schumer sees the mass shooting as "a great opportunity, this occurred at my movie and now the focus is on me, and what can I do to enhance my career."

    "If she had any moral courage and she actually cared about what happened she would come out and she would say, 'Listen putting a sign on a movie theater that says no one inside it is armed, that this is a gun-free zone, is stupid.' She has the power to do this. She could make jokes about how stupid these gun-free zones are," Nolte continued.

    Instead, Schumer "is dressing up like she is a grown-up and she's just exploiting the situation because it's an opportunity for her to maybe increase her box office over the weekend," he said, calling her advocacy  "cowardly."

    Nolte continued to claim that Schumer was using the shooting to advance her career, saying, "She's not thinking, she's just trying to please the right people to enhance her career. And she also -- there is a lot Oscar talk around her movie and that probably has something to do with it, too. You go the Angelina Jolie route so everybody suddenly starts to take you seriously." Nolte said all he sees "is cynicism behind" Schumer's call for action.

    Cam & Company host Cam Edwards said that he disagreed with Nolte's assessment and would not impugn Schumer with a cynical motive for her comments on gun violence. Nolte responded, "You're a nicer guy than I am, but I just see these unthinking Hollywood types and it just enrages me."

  • The Worst Conservative Media Reactions To The Baltimore Riots

    Right-Wing Columnist: Where I Live, "We Don't Riot. We Shoot Rioters."


    Conservative media figures responded to riots following the funeral of Freddie Gray -- an unarmed man who died of severe, unexplained spinal cord injuries while in police custody -- by recommending that participants in the riots be shot, and blaming the outbreak of violence on Democratic leadership, President Obama, public schools, welfare, and single-parent families.